Sunday, May 11, 2008

Max Neukirchner Gets Deserved Superbike Win

Nº. 76 Max Neukirchner took a well deserved win In Monza, Italy this morning beating Noriyuki Haga in to second place and Troy Bayliss third.

Watching the first race in Monza there was something that made me nervous with a lot of the riders making bad judgements at the end of the straights and especially into the chicane.  Yukio Kagayama, Neukirchner's team mate in the Alstare Suzuki Team, must have overshot the chicanes 2 or 3 times and Neukirchner did the same on the first lap.  Is it just me or do those crash barriers along the back straight look overly close and menacing?  8 riders failed to finish.

Carlos Checa started in 4th but as he was pulling away he caught the back of Fonsi Nieto's bike with his handlebars and was sent out of control across the full width of the straight narrowly avoiding other riders.  This put him back to 14th but he finished 8th just behind Nieto.

Let's see what this afternoon holds in store and whether my internet connection is good enough to see the second race.  Interesting to hear Randy Mamola doing the commentary on SBK TV.